Happy belated 45th, Upstairs Downstairs (the original Downton Abbey!)

On October 10, 1971, Upstairs Downstairs took the world by storm. Based on an original idea by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins for a comedy called Behind the Green Baize Door, the series ran for 5 series and 68 episodes over four years from 1971-1975. As originally thought out, the series would focus on two housemaids, played […]

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Are you ready for some ‘Poldark’? S2 premieres tonight on PBS.

At long last, the return of Poldark is upon us. For those that have been (im)patiently needing to learn the fate of Captain Ross Poldark, we are mere hours away from the 2-hour premiere of series 2 at 8:00pET/7:00pCT on PBS. The new Poldark took America by storm when it premiered last year as present day fans of […]

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Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia up next for ‘Downton Abbey’ creator

The doors of Downton haven’t even shuttered yet and Julian Fellowes already has something in the works. The Downton Abbey creator/writer heads to the world of online for his next project, a new story in 11 episodes, published week by week, which will tell the story of Belgravia – London’s grandest postcode. Just in case Belgravia sounds familiar […]

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‘Crimson Field’ latest one and done series from BBC

These days, series such as Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Call the Midwife and, most recently, Poldark, seem to be grabbing all the headlines. Rightfully so, but there is, however, a little known series that has quietly captured audiences on both sides of the pond bringing them back week after week, each time wearing their hearts more and […]

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Alistair Cooke introduces a 1977 America to Captain Ross Poldark

In just two short weeks, it’s safe to say that life hasn’t been very kind to Captain Ross Poldark. As he returns to Cornwall from the battlefield, he not only finds his father dead, but is also confronted with an estate in ruins and sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to another. And that’s just the beginning of […]

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As PBS adds ‘Indian Summers’ this Fall, S2 adds cast for 2016 return

In the seemingly endless search for the ‘next Downton Abbey‘, Channel 4’s Indian Summers comes to PBS in September following its successful winter run in the UK. Set in the summer of 1932, Indian Summers, details the events of summers spent at Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, by a group of British socialites at the time of the British […]

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R.I.P. Terry Pratchett — creator of ‘Discworld’ dies at 66.

R.I.P. Terry Pratchett — Discworld has stopped spinning…. As sentiments on Twitter have poured in from around the world, the above tweet, which easily came in under the 140-character limit, seemed to say it all. The literary world is a much lonelier place today as Terry Pratchett, the mind palace that created the brilliant Discworld series […]

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Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith heads downstairs in ‘Madame Bovary’

Laura Carmichael, who plays the seemingly forever-to-be-depressed Lady Edith in Downton Abbey, will play maid Henrietta in Madame Bovary, the new film adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th century classic, alongside her Downton Abbey crazy playboy uncle co-star Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill). Besides his performance in Notting Hill, Ifans is most recently […]

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